Some medical experts believe that patients suffering from fibromyalgia had some sort of traumatic experience in their past because anecdotally a majority of the fibromyalgia patients had been involved in a car wreck or work injury.
Fibromyalgia is a characterized by body-wide musculoskeletal pain accompanied by deep fatigue, sleep issues, moodiness, and memory lapses. Research indicates that fibromyalgia amplifies pain by affecting the way your brain processes those signals. Sometimes symptoms start after a physical trauma, surgery, infection, or psychological stress. Other times, symptoms gradually get worse over time with no apparent triggering event.
Those who suffer from fibromyalgia may also experience tension headaches, TMJ disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, and depression. Women are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia than men.
While doctors don’t know what causes fibromyalgia, many suspect there are multiple factors involved. For example, genetics probably play a part because fibromyalgia tends to run in families, meaning certain genetic mutations may make certain individuals more likely to developing the condition. It’s also believed some infections might trigger or exacerbate fibromyalgia. Researchers also believe repeated nerve stimulation causes the brains of those with fibromyalgia to increase the levels of neurotransmitters. Also, pain receptors seem to become more sensitive so they overreact to stimulation.
There is no known cure for fibromyalgia, so it impacts every aspect of the sufferer’s daily life. Trying to control the condition can be frustrating and difficult. Some patients opt to take over the counter painkillers but their effectiveness is limited typically short term. Prescription medications may offer better relief but any prolonged use of painkillers can have harmful side effects and can result in dependency.
It’s important to find a practitioner that has experience with fibromyalgia. If you are visiting a chiropractor for the first time, the process generally includes an initial, detailed consultation where the chiropractor will ask a series of detailed questions or have you fill out a questionnaire regarding your health and overall physical condition. Then you will likely undergo a neuromuscular examination and analysis. It is also possible your practitioner will was to take an X-ray to get a more detailed visual view of your spine. After answering your questions your first treatment may consist of a massage treatment.
Anecdotal research suggests that chiropractic treatments are among the most effective when compared against prescription drugs and other medications. Those receiving regular chiropractic care tend to be more active, experience less fatigue, and report they sleep better.
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